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Engineering admission norms relaxed

By Our Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD, DEC. 23. Students who have failed to appear or qualify in the Engineering, Agricultural and Medical Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) this year can gain admission in engineering colleges if they have scored 50 per cent marks in the Intermediate course. The State Government, on Thursday issued orders to this effect.

However, this concession will be valid for the academic year 2004-2005 only. As per the order, un-aided engineering colleges (minority and non-minority) can fill the vacant seats including the convener quota seats with students who have secured a minimum of 50 per cent marks in the Intermediate examination or in group subjects.

Conditions

Another condition is that admissions should be completed within a week from the date of issue of orders (December 23) and the managements should submit the list of admitted candidates to the approving authority concerned within three days of the cut-off date.

SC directive

The decision was taken after the Supreme Court in its order dated November 29, 2004, stated that all engineering colleges in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu can fill the vacant seats, based on a petition filed by some associations seeking relaxation in view of the large number of seats lying vacant. Officials say about 16,000 seats are vacant in the convener's quota while another 9,000 are vacant in the management quota in the State.

Sliding option

According to P.T. Prabhakar, Joint Director, Technical Education Department, colleges should first give the option of changing the stream to those already admitted and then offer the remaining seats to new applicants.

Notification

Colleges will have to fill the vacancies by issuing a notification in newspapers on the basis of guidelines issued in the G.O. before January 1, 2005. Details of vacancies filled should be communicated to the Convener, EAMCET-2004, on or before January 5, 2005 for approval and ratification.

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